Sociology Faculty Welcome Rachel Luft

Written by Laura Paskin
April 25, 2013

Rachel E. Luft joins the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work as an associate professor. Her research and teaching focus on the intersection of race, gender, and economic background, race and ethnic studies, gender and feminist theory, social movements, disaster studies, and social inequality.
Luft received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She comes to Seattle University from the Department of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of New Orleans. In addition, she has been a senior analyst for the Social Science Research Center’s Research Network on Persons Displaced by Katrina since 2006.
Luft is currently working on a book, Disaster Patriarchy: An Intersectional Analysis of Post-Katrina Social Movements, in which she examines the intersectional dynamics of the race, class, and gender politics of the social movement activity that emerged in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Her recent publications include the book chapter “Community Organizing in the Katrina Diaspora: Race, Gender, and the Case of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund” in Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora (University of Texas Press, 2012) and “No Shelter: Disaster Politics in Louisiana and the Struggle for Human Rights,” with Davida Finger, in Human Rights in the USA (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

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